Bernice Kasowitz, left, of West Haven and Kristen Mcweeney of New Haven go for a stroll along Bank Street in downtown Seymour, Conn. last November. Seymour has won a grant to improve sidewalks in the downtown business district and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo by: Brian A. Pounds, CT Post

Bernice Kasowitz, left, of West Haven and Kristen Mcweeney of New Haven go for a stroll along Bank Street in downtown Seymour, Conn. last November. Seymour has won a grant to improve sidewalks in the downtown business district and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo by: Brian A. Pounds, CT Post

Local businesses in downtown Seymour will have an improved new look soon thanks to a state grant, reports the CT Post. Seymour was one of 13 municipalities to receive a grant under the state’s Main Street Investment Fund, administered by the Department of Housing for commercial district improvements.

Seymour’s grant of $375,000 will be used in part to make the downtown more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by improving wheelchair access. There is some concern by local residents that the changes won’t be enough, and at least one resident would prefer that the state also provide funds for local businesses to improve their entrances for easier access.

According to the CT Post, the grant is the latest in a string of awards for downtown Seymour in recent years, including $200,000 from the Small Town Economic Assistance Program in May and recognition in June from Connecticut Main Street Center when it presented Seymour with its Renewed Commitment to Main Street award.

Seymour grant to benefit downtown access